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All Quotes by author - Jonathan Van Ness
" Aly Raisman doesn't have a podcast - but she should! "
" As a kid growing up, I really hated being alone. I was always that kid that was like, 'Do you want to hang out? Let's go to the mall. Let's go to the movies. Let's go to the park.' I would call people and call people and call people. If I was alone when I wasn't at school, then there was something wrong. "
" A song like 'Tears Dry on Their Own' is really sad, but it's hopeful, too - that was my theme song for the first boy who broke my heart. "
" Be able to see people's humanity. I think the way that you do that and see people for more than their surface value is, say, you're reading something in the news: the gender pay gap, or gay adoption, anything that involves a group of people being marginalized. "
" Blotting pads are great in case you get sweaty or oily. But don't rub. It's a slow, methodical blot: set the pad on your skin and let it absorb, then move it to the next location. "
" Coming from a town of 30,000 people on the Mississippi River, having 'Queer Eye' in 2003 through 2007 when I was in high school was really important. "
" Confidence is sexy. "
" Even though I'm a hairdresser and I love doing hair, I feel like I don't look like a groomer. When I think of how a groomer would look in relation to the first version of 'Queer Eye,' I feel like I don't fit in that box. "
" For keeping hair long and healthy, I like to use silk pillowcases; they conduct less heat and keep your ends less frayed. Also, I sleep with my hair in a very loose top bun to keep my ends away from my body heat. This also keeps your hair from getting tangled at the nape of your neck. "
" From the extreme political polarization that is everywhere - there's so much suffering going on - so many people are really thirsty to feel good about something. "
" Getting married is a good time to revaluate all of your relationships. Have you had the same haircut since seventh grade? Have you found products that work for your skin? You need time to experiment. "
" God, I miss TLC. "
" Going to school was an absolute terror for me for, like, a decade. "
" Gorgeous exfoliants are expensive. "
" How you take care of yourself is how the world sees you. "
" I always wanted to play with people's hair. I was really into 'The Golden Girls' and how big their hair was. I always had Barbies and Ken dolls, whose hair I wanted to play with and was always styling. I was very lucky - I never had to wonder what I was passionate about. I've always known that I'm really, really passionate about grooming. "
" I am shocked almost on a daily basis that my being me everywhere I go affects people so deeply. "
" I don't want to do transformations on people for the sake of a visual. I want to do it because it makes sense. "
" If I could only have one grooming tool, it would be floss. I don't want to have broken Cheetos in my teeth. To protect myself from the sun, I can find shade under a tree. To moisturize my skin, I could get really sweaty and then just rub it on myself. But how are you going to clean between your teeth without floss? "
" If I read something on the news that really irritates me, I get my rageful venting out on Twitter. I'm more of my light side on Instagram. "
" If my energy was fake, then I would feel pressured, because I gotta, like, keep this up. I thank God it's just how I am. But I find myself wanting to work on being more comfortable in the silence with people. "
" If you have body hair, I'm like, 'Have your body hair. Have it sticking up the top of your shirt.' I'm really about body positivity and self-love. "
" If you're feeling a little down, you're never fully dressed without a strong heel. But only if you're depressed - if you need a pick-me-up. "
" I grew up in a little town where my family owned a newspaper and the TV station, so a lot of people knew who we were, and I never fit in. "
" I grew up in a town of 30,000 people, and 'Queer Eye' was a beacon of light. "
" I had to fight, a lot of years, to be really proud of the person I see in the mirror and really love this person. "
" I just - I come from a very little town where the militarization of the police force is a very real issue. "
" I like people too much. I really do. "
" I love a company that puts their money where their mouth is when it comes to LGBTQIA visibility. "
" I love changing hair color. I love doing hair shape. I love the social aspect of salons. I love clients, and because of doing hair, I've heard so many life stories. "
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